Whole Foods for the Whole Family

I’m ecstatic!  My brand new copy of Whole Foods for the Whole Family has arrived.  When the cover picture was taken, I was still using the book originally published by La Leche League in 1981. That is the one on the far right in the cover picture with an elastic band around it. Continue reading

Ecological Cooking

According to some dates scribbled in the margins, I picked up Ecological Cooking  in 2000, well after its first publication in 1991.

Both my children were experimenting with vegan diets at the time, so this was very helpful in meal preparation.

Unlike some other cookbooks, Continue reading

Diet for a Small Planet

Diet for a Small Planet is my other classic cookbook. It was first published in 1971 and I must have purchased it not much later, even before I was married. I got the paperback edition, which didn’t stand up to wear and tear too well. So, I replaced it with the 20th anniversary edition in 1991. Twenty years later this one is also held together with tape and a prayer.

Author Frances Moore Lappé has probably changed Continue reading

More-With-Less Cookbook

More-with-Less is the classic by Doris Janzen Longacre. The sub-title describes it as: Suggestions by Mennonites on how to eat better and consume less of the world’s limited resources.

It was first published in 1976 and went through 4-6 printings every year through 1980.  And though the pace has slowed down  to only 1-2 printings per year, it is still going strong.

I purchased a copy in 1977 and it has been one of my main standbys ever since.  Indeed, I used it so much that it virtually fell to pieces. The copy I have now is a replacement published in 1992.

Besides good Mennonite recipes, it includes an abundance of Continue reading

The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook

The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook

I picked this up shortly after moving into Parkdale, a lively neighbourhood on the west edge of Toronto’s downtown.  I found it the first time I visited the farmer’s market in Sorauren Park.

It is a slim volume, less than 70 pages, containing 49 recipes contributed by members of the Parkdale community.

It was published in 2008 as a fundraising project of the Parkdale Activity and Recreation Centre.